You have a lot to work with when you have a trusty SUV by your side. Two of the best models available today are the Mazda CX-90 and the Hyundai Palisade. Both of these SUVs offer three rows and plenty of engine power. However, there are some things the Mazda SUV offers that the Hyundai just can’t. Standard AWD is one of them. A more fuel-efficient mild hybrid setup is another. We’re going to go into detail and cover each of these vehicles in detail, courtesy of the Schomp Mazda team near Denver and Aurora!
When you’re looking for a three-row SUV, you now have a new challenger from the team at Mazda. This is a vehicle that’s built for just about everything. You’ve got AWD standard and a 280 hp base engine, but this is combined with a mild hybrid system that offers you plenty of torque. You get 332 lb-ft of torque, to be exact. If you’re looking to power through your drives in Centennial, you’ll want to pick the Mazda CX-90.
In addition, you’ve got a more fuel-efficient driving experience when you drive a Mazda CX-90. This is because of the aforementioned mild hybrid system. You can get up to 28 miles per gallon on the highway, which blows away the Hyundai Palisade. That SUV does not offer the mild hybrid system standard. This is to say nothing of the available plug-in hybrid configuration of the Mazda CX-90, which offers a bountiful MPGe stat as you combine gas and electricity.
The Hyundai Palisade is a respectable entrant in the full-size SUV category, and it does a few things better than the equivalent Mazda. However, the overall picture shows that it is relatively lacking. The 291 horsepower is greater than the starting 280 on the Mazda CX-90, but since it lacks the mild hybrid system, you won’t get as much torque. You’ll get only 262 lb-ft of torque, a significant step down from the Mazda.
In addition, you will have to pay extra for AWD, which is offered standard on the Mazda lineup of SUVs. Hyundai offers front-wheel drive standard on their SUV models, which is good in most circumstances, but you might want AWD if you run into frequent inclement weather or construction.
*MSRP includes $1,275 destination charge (Alaska $1,320) and excludes tax, title, license fees. Vehicle shown may be priced higher. Actual dealer price will vary. See dealer for complete details.